Overture, Scherzo and Finale

Overture, Scherzo and Finale

The Overture, Scherzo and Finale (German: Ouverture, Scherzo und Finale) in E major is a work for symphony orchestra by Robert Schumann. It is his opus 52, and was written in 1841. Schumann originally considered it his second symphony.[1]

The work is in three movements:

  • An overture (Andante con moto in E minor[2] - Allegro in E major and 2:2 time [3]) (sketched and completed in April 1841)[1]
  • A scherzo (Tempo: Vivo), in 6:8 time and in C minor[4], whose theme is based on that of the overture[1]. It has a trio section in D major, in contrasting 2:4 time[5] whose material reappears as the coda of the movement.[6]
  • Finale (Allegro molto vivace)[2] (orchestrated around May 1841)[1]

The Overture, Scherzo and Finale was received tepidly by critics[1], was revised in 1845[2] and published the next year[2], with a dedication to Johannes Verhulst.


External links


  1. ^ a b c d e Daverio, John (1997). Robert Schumann: Herald of a "new Poetic Age" at Google Books. Oxford University Press U.S. Pages 235-6. ISBN 0195091809.
  2. ^ a b c d Ferguson, Donald N. (1968). Masterworks of the Orchestral Repertoire: A Guide for Listeners at Google Books. U. of Minnesota Press. Page 518. ISBN 0816604673.
  3. ^ See score, bar 18 - pages 2-3 of the piano 4-hands arrangement.
  4. ^ Pages 16-7 of the piano 4-hands arrangement, for example.
  5. ^ starting middle of bar 55, to bar 71 - pages 18-9 of the piano 4-hands arrangement.
  6. ^ starting at bar 137 - pages 24-5 of the piano 4-hands arrangement.